Council Study Center at Sophia University
The Council on International Educational Exchange (Council) [http://www.ciee.org] has a study abroad program at Sophia University in Tokyo. Participants have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of courses taught in English in the areas of Japanese Studies, Asian Studies, international business, economics, history, international relations, political science, art history, literature, religion, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology, in addition to Japanese language courses at a wide range of levels. To complement the course work, students visit corporations and institutions in the Tokyo area for on-site lectures, briefings, and field studies.
The Council program has a resident director who coordinates homestay placements, organizes fields trips, and offers academic and personal counseling.
The program operates on the Japanese academic calendar, with fall semester (mid-September through late January), spring semester (early April through late July), and full-year programs offered. The cost (including tuition, housing and meals, and all extras) is approximately $12,000 per semester or $22,500 for the academic year.
Application for the program can be either directly to the Council or through the University of Connecticut, the US School of Record for the Sophia program. The School of Record process is preferable if your own college or university will accept the credits awarded by the Sophia program (normally 16 per semester) only from a US institution. Your campus study-abroad office will have more information on this aspect of the program.
IES Programs in Nagoya and Tokyo
The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) offers three programs for study in Japan--two in Nagoya and one in Tokyo.
At Nanzan University in Nagoya, IES students enroll, for either one semester or a full year, in the Center for Japanese Studies, which offers intensive Japanese language instruction and area studies courses taught in English in anthropology, business, economics, history, linguistics, literature, religion, sociology, and studio arts. Language classes, which earn 10 credit hours per semester, meet for 15 contact hours a week, plus 5 hours of language lab; to complete their program, students earn an additional 5 to 8 credit hours in area studies classes. Nanzan students are housed either in dormitories or with families. Visit IES Nanzan on the Web at https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/Programs/Japan/Nagoya/nagoya.html.
A main component to the IES Tokyo program is field experience, working one day a week at a company or nonprofit organization. IES partners with Kanda University of International Studies in Makuhari, just outside Tokyo, where the IES Center is located. Students take language and culture classes at the Kanda Institute, and can also take Kanda classes taught in English in addition to their regular course load of 15 credits per semester. Visit IES Tokyo on the Web at https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/Programs/Japan/Tokyo/tokyo.html.
Credit for the IES programs must be approved by the student's home institution before he or she can be admitted to the program for credit. Students at affiliated institutions should apply through their own schools; others should apply directly to IES.
For more information or applications, visit the website at: http://www.iesabroad.org.
KCP International Language and Culture Program
KCP International Japanese Language School, a not-for-profit educational institution, provides intensive Japanese language immersion in Tokyo for the serious student. In the semester programs, students attend full-immersion classes at KCP’s Shinjuku campus 20 hours per week for about 11 weeks, earning one year or more of university-level language credit each term. Language classes are taught in Japanese at 6 proficiency levels. With a student-teacher ratio of 11:1, classes consist of students from other parts of Asia as well as Americans and other English-speaking students. Students also enroll in a weekend Japanese Culture and Civilization course of lectures and experiential field trips.
Terms of study are quarter, semester, academic year, and longer, plus an eight-week summer term and two new summer mini-programs. Housing is in private dormitories, in a family homestay setting, or independently arranged by the student.
KCP International is a Gakko Hojin school. Gakko Hojin is a rigorous educational evaluation and accreditation process overseen by the Tokyo government ministry. Student evaluations consistently praise the effectiveness, high quality of instruction, and dedication of KCP professors. Advanced KCP students regularly pass JPLT Level One (the most difficult).
Academic credit is available through transcripts from one of KCP’s sponsor schools—Western Washington University, University of Idaho, and Lincoln University. KCP International is also affiliated with Idaho State University, Elizabethtown College, The College of New Jersey, New Mexico State University, Cleveland State University, and Norfolk State University. Well over 200 colleges and universities have accepted KCP transfer credit.